|Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist? - TED.com|
Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; philosophy; TED2014; 2014
|JP Rangaswami: Information is food - TED.com|
How do we consume data? At TED@SXSWi, technologist JP Rangaswami muses on our relationship to information, and offers a surprising and sharp insight: we treat it like food.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; data; philosophy; TED@SXSWi; 2012
|Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object - TED.com|
Physicists are used to the idea that subatomic particles behave according to the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, completely different to human-scale objects. In a breakthrough experiment, Aaron O'Connell has blurred that distinction by creating an object that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time. In this talk he suggests an intriguing way of thinking about the result.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; philosophy; physics; science; 2011
|Damon Horowitz calls for a "moral operating system" - TED.com|
At TEDxSiliconValley, Damon Horowitz reviews the enormous new powers that technology gives us: to know more -- and more about each other -- than ever before. Drawing the audience into a philosophical discussion, Horowitz invites us to pay new attention to the basic philosophy -- the ethical principles -- behind the burst of invention remaking our world. Where's the moral operating system that allows us to make sense of it?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxSiliconValley; TED; Talks; culture; philosophy; technology; 2011
|Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success - TED.com|
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; culture; philosophy; success; work; 2009
|David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness? - TED.com|
Our consciousness is a fundamental aspect of our existence, says philosopher David Chalmers: “There’s nothing we know about more directly…. but at the same time it’s the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe.” He shares some ways to think about the movie playing in our heads.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; brain; consciousness; neuroscience; philosophy; TED2014; 2014
|Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust - TED.com|
Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That’s a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world … but, says philosopher Onora O’Neill, we don’t really understand what we're suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our three most common ideas about trust are actually misdirected. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; government; philosophy; politics; TEDxHousesofParliament; 2013
|John Searle: Our shared condition -- consciousness - TED.com|
Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness -- and systematically shoots down some of the common objections to taking it seriously. As we learn more about the brain processes that cause awareness, accepting that consciousness is a biological phenomenon is an important first step. And no, he says, consciousness is not a massive computer simulation. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; consciousness; philosophy; science; TEDxCERN; 2013
|Sherwin Nuland on hope - TED.com|
Surgeon and writer Sherwin Nuland meditates on the idea of hope -- the desire to become our better selves and make a better world. It's a thoughtful 12 minutes that will help you focus on the road ahead.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; philanthropy; philosophy; writing; 2003
|Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure - TED.com|
Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists -- that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; happiness; philosophy; psychology; science; 2011
|David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - TED.com|
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; philosophy; psychology; self; success; TED2014; 2014
|Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death - TED.com|
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; death; history; humanity; philosophy; TEDxBratislava; 2013
|Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason - TED.com|
Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold...
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; philosophy; TED2012; 2012
|John Lloyd inventories the invisible - TED.com|
Nature's mysteries meet tack-sharp wit in this hilarious, 10-minute mix of quips and fun lessons, as comedian, writer and TV man John Lloyd plucks at the substance of several things not seen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; comedy; philosophy; science; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready? - TED.com|
Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar the dodo .... But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; philosophy; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Daniel H. Cohen: For argument’s sake - TED.com|
Why do we argue? To out-reason our opponents, prove them wrong, and, most of all, to win! ... Right? Philosopher Daniel H. Cohen shows how our most common form of argument -- a war in which one person must win and the other must lose -- misses out on the real benefits of engaging in active disagreement. (Filmed at TEDxColbyCollege.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; language; philosophy; TEDxColbyCollege; 2013
|Yann Dall'Aglio: Love -- you're doing it wrong - TED.com|
In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it's easier than you think. A wise and witty reflection on the state of love in the modern age. (Filmed at TEDxParis.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; love; philosophy; TEDxParis 2012; 2012
|Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0 - TED.com|
What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; atheism; culture; philosophy; religion; 2011
|David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation - TED.com|
For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; faith; history; philosophy; physics; religion; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom - TED.com|
Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; culture; global issues; philosophy; politics; self; social change; society; 2009
|Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you - TED.com|
What does your chair say about what you value? Designer Sebastian Deterding shows how our visions of morality and what the good life is are reflected in the design of objects around us.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; communication; culture; design; life; morality; philosophy; TEDxHogeschoolUtrecht; 2011
|Philippe Starck thinks deep on design - TED.com|
Designer Philippe Starck -- with no pretty slides to show -- spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question "Why design?" Listen carefully for one perfect mantra for all of us, genius or not.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; design; humanity; humor; philosophy; storytelling; 2007
|Paul Root Wolpe: It's time to question bio-engineering - TED.com|
At TEDxPeachtree, bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe describes an astonishing series of recent bio-engineering experiments, from glowing dogs to mice that grow human ears. He asks: Isn't it time to set some ground rules?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxPeachtree; TED; Talks; biology; biomechanics; future; genetics; philosophy; science; 2010
|Michael Sandel: The lost art of democratic debate - TED.com|
Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; government; law; philosophy; politics; sports; TED2010; 2010
|Tom Honey on God and the tsunami - TED.com|
In the days following the tragic South Asian tsunami of 2004, the Rev. Tom Honey pondered the question, "How could a loving God have done this?" Here is his answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; God; culture; disaster relief; global issues; philosophy; religion; 2005
|Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom - TED.com|
In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED in the Field; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; happiness; philosophy; self; 2010
|Chris Anderson on TED's nonprofit transition - TED.com|
Chris Anderson gave this talk in 2002, prior to taking over leadership of TED. Founder Richard Saul Wurman was leaving, and TED's future was in the balance. He seeks to persuade TEDsters that what was then a for-profit conference had a secure future as an idea-based nonprofit endeavor.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; business; community; culture; global issues; philanthropy; philosophy; technology; 2002
|Henry Markram builds a brain in a supercomputer - TED.com|
Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved -- soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; computers; consciousness; mind; neurology; philosophy; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Dan Dennett's response to Rick Warren - TED.com|
Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; God; atheism; brain; cognitive science; consciousness; evolution; philosophy; religion; 2006
|Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory - TED.com|
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our experiencing selves and our remembering selves perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; economics; happiness; mind; philosophy; psychology; science; TED2010; 2010
|Arthur Ganson makes moving sculpture - TED.com|
Sculptor and engineer Arthur Ganson talks about his work -- kinetic art that explores deep philosophical ideas and is gee-whiz fun to look at.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; engineering; entertainment; humor; philosophy; 2004
|Emily Levine's theory of everything - TED.com|
Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She's a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; cognitive science; comedy; entertainment; humor; philosophy; science; technology; 2002
|Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions - TED.com|
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; morality; philosophy; psychology; religion; science; TED2010; 2010
|Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves - TED.com|
Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; choice; culture; evolution; future; history; philosophy; science; technology; 2005
|Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison - TED.com|
Damon Horowitz teaches philosophy through the Prison University Project, bringing college-level classes to inmates of San Quentin State Prison. In this powerful short talk, he tells the story of an encounter with right and wrong that quickly gets person
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; crime; culture; education; global issues; philosophy; prison; 2011
|Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse - TED.com|
Cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; cosmos; philosophy; physics; science; time; universe; TEDxCaltech; 2011
|Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question) - TED.com|
Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly — is it good or bad, in and of itself? Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah offers a generous, surprising view.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; atheism; faith; global issues; philosophy; religion; TEDSalon NY2014; 2014
|Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution? - TED.com|
Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; evolution; medicine; philosophy; science; technology; 2011
|Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices - TED.com|
Here's a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up -- or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that's because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; choice; decision-making; philosophy; TEDSalon NY2014; 2014
|Nick Bostrom on our biggest problems - TED.com|
Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; antidepressants; biotech; culture; death; future; global issues; happiness; philosophy; technology; transhuman; 2005
|Rives controls the Internet - TED.com|
How many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives' unique talent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2006; TED; Talks; arts; culture; death; entertainment; love; parenting; performance; philosophy; poetry; short talk; spoken word; technology; web; 2006